A collection of news, events, photos, and stories that are inspiring to us.

Our Educational Counselors provide the one-on-one support and advocacy necessary to empower our Denver Kids students to succeed academically, personally, and socially. The added support of school personnel, family, mentorship, and various community members help them reach their full potential. These are their stories.

Alumni Profile:

Gabriel Barela

Gabriel entered the Denver Kids program with uncontrolled anger, poor attendance and low marks that set him further behind in school. But working with his Denver Kids Educational Counselor, he slowly started redirecting his anger…

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Alumni Profile:

Kufto Walio

Those who have had the pleasure of working with Kufto have learned a great deal about adversity and grit. Born in Ethiopia, Kufto came to the United States in fourth grade, culture shocked and not…

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Featured Mentor:

Denver chanteuse Lannie Garrett’s long road and huge talent

Article by William Porter, The Denver Post Awash in a spotlight’s white glow, a woman with a shocking pile of curly red hair works the packed floor of Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret, sporting a sequined cowgirl outfit that…

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Student Spotlight:

Our Homecoming Queen

Consider the Homecoming Queen. A young woman fixed in the American imagination among Friday night lights and dew-drenched corn fields. Now consider Honey. Born in Somalia before fleeing to Syria and eventually making her way…

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Student Spotlight:

Outstanding Student

Ned was referred to Denver Kids in second grade by a school administrator after a series of classroom disruptions linked to his unruly behavior. It hasn’t always been smooth sailing for Ned these past ten…

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Student Spotlight:

The Likable Sheriff

Recess begins with the bell’s trill. As children pour from the doorways of the elementary school onto the sunlit playground, Ronnie is among them. Dribbling a basketball and surrounded by friends, it is obvious why…

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Student Spotlight:

Planning for Greatness

Taking the easy road may sound good to many, but not to Nicky. As she discusses her dream to complete her Cosmetology degree at Emily Griffith Technical College before moving to Miami, building up clientele,…

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Featured Mentor:

Sarah Moore

Few bonds in life are more influential than those between a young person and an adult. For Sarah Moore and her mentee Rachel, that is especially true. When Sarah first became a volunteer mentor with Denver Kids,…

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Student Spotlight:

Our Daniels Scholar

“Sometimes when we cry,” Devon explains, “it’s not because we are weak, but because we’ve been strong for too long.” These are the words Devon used to explain his tears upon hearing he had been…

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Student Spotlight:

Jarrad Jackson

Greatness. A word that every viewer of the 2012 Summer Olympics was bombarded with. But what does it mean to find your greatness? According to Denver Kids, Inc. alum, Jarrad Jackson, finding your greatness is…

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